Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Bone: internal fixation - plates

Contributor(s): Stephen Adams, Patrick Colahan, Bud G E Fackelman, Jessica A Kidd-Millar, Jessica A Kidd, Chris Whitton, Jarred Williams

Introduction

  • There is a wide variety of plates available for internal fixation.
  • The most commonly used plate types in equine orthopedics are dynamic compression plates, with an increased usage of locking compression plates.
  • Plates are strongest in tension and compression, and weakest in bending and torsion. Therefore, it is recommended that plates are applied to the tension side of bone whenever possible.

Types

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Richardson D W (2008) Less Invasive Techniques for Equine Fracture Repair and Arthrodesis. Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract 24 (1),177-189 PubMed.
  • Levine D G and Richardson D W (2007) Clinical use of the locking compression plate (LCP) in horses: a retrospective study of 31 cases (2004-2006). Equine Vet J 39 (5), 401-406 PubMed.
  • James F M & Richardson D W (2006) Minimally invasive plate fixation of lower limb injury in horses: 32 cases (1999-2003). Equine Vet J 38 (3), 246-251 PubMed.
  • Florin M et al (2005) Assessment of stiffness and strength of 4 different implants available for equine fracture treatment: a study on a 20 degree oblique long-bone model using a bone substitute. Vet Surg 34 (3), 231-238 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Auer J A (2012) Principles of Fracture Treatment. In: Equine Surgery. Eds: Auer J A & Stick J A. 4th edn. Elsevier, USA. pp 1047-1081.
  • Fackelman G E, Auer J A & Nunamaker D M (2000) Eds. AO Principles of Equine Osteosynthesis. Thieme, Germany.
  • Nixon A J (1996) Ed. Equine Fracture Repair. W B Saunders, USA.


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